Decadent Carrot Cake

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I have been searching for a new carrot cake recipe for a while, and I finally found one. I am in love with this new cookbook 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes and this recipe for Decadent Carrot Cake by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Camilla Saulsbury and Published by Robert Rose (my publisher). Getting dinner together can be challenging, especially for those who work full time and/or have kids. Sheet pan meals are the new one-pot meals since they allow you to cook several components of your meal at one such as her recipes for California Fish Tacos with Cucumber and Pineapple, Sheet Pan Clam Bake and even Weeknight Chicken and Stuffing. Her book begins with an “extra-simple pantry meal” chapter, followed by breakfast and brunch recipes, meatless meals, recipes for seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, pork etc. Of course, I love all of the recipes I have tried so far!

Children, including those who claim an aversion to vegetables, are drawn to carrot cake. Perhaps it’s because the carrots create a moistness that plays up the sweet spices of the cake, and accent the component everyone loves most: the tangy cream cheese icing. Whether you have kids or not, this carrot cake is the perfect mix of sweetness and softness. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, spring parties and summer gatherings. It’s also so simple to prepare. Enjoy and be sure to check out this cookbook!

Courtesy of 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Cauliflower is the latest trendy vegetable right now, and did you know it makes a great substitute for rice in fried rice? Believe me, it does! This Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe is so amazing, and it makes yummy leftovers too. When you pulse the cauliflower, it resembles the texture (and color of rice). Sautéing it creates a winning main dish for those who are following a gluten-free diet or those who can’t eat rice. Cauliflower also makes a good substitute for mashed potatoes.

And did you know that cauliflower is really good for you? Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, B Vitamins, fiber and vitamin K. The antioxidants in cauliflower can helps with our immune systems and aid in reducing the cancer and stroke. Eating cauliflower works well for those on an anti-inflammatory diet, and it can also help maintain bone and brain health. Enjoy this thirty minute recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice on any weeknight since it’s quick and easy! Serve it with a salad, and dinner is done is ready.

Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

My oldest son, Alec, has been begging me to make homemade fried rice for a while. I decided to twist the basic recipe and make it with quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice recipe is a hit for something new and different for your weeknight table, especially if you’re looking for something gluten-free, healthy and hearty. Feel free to substitute rice for the quinoa if you wish, but I love that quinoa is a gluten-free, nutty grain that is a complete protein which is high in fiber, low in calories and is high in iron, magnesium and calcium.

Grilled Steak with Mushrooms

School may have started back, but grilling season is far from over. This recipe for Grilled Steak and Mushrooms makes a great weekend or weeknight dinner recipe idea. I used baby Bella, shiitake and bottom mushrooms in this dish, but feel free to use what you like and have on hand. The simple marinade creates a tender and flavorful steak. My kids even ate the mushrooms (so yea). Serve on a bed of watercress for a pretty presentation, or serve as a sandwich for a casual sunday night dinner. This one is a winner.

Easy and Healthy Beef and Broccoli

My three kids love Asian flavors. This easy and healthy Beef and Broccoli recipe is a hit every time that I make it. It’s so quick to prepare using very simple-to-find ingredients. I love using skirt steak as it’s very tender after being simply marinated with honey, fresh ginger, reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Just marinate the steak for an hour or overnight, and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes. This dish is perfect for busy weeknights. I served with rice and some edamame beans, and everyone loved it (and was full).

20 Minutes, Simple and Light: Lightened-Up Veal Piccata

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I love Veal Piccata and realized that it can be lightened up tremendously, and it is oh so easy -only 20 minutes to prepare. This recipe also works great with chicken cutlets and sliced pork loin, both easily found in the grocery store. Both of these options come thinly sliced which eliminates having to pound the meat. I used egg whites for the liquid and a simple whole wheat flour mixture for the breading. Then, I lightly fried in olive oil. Serve these with a salad and a vegetable, and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Weeknight Favorite Main-Dish: Lemon Chicken over Pasta

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I made this Lemon Chicken over Pasta for a healthy project I’ve been working on. My assistant, Alatia, loved it. She said the most difficult part of this simple recipe was squeezing the lemons. I love to use chicken cutlets, which are thinner than boneless chicken breasts, because they take less time to cook (which is great for anyone with limited time). The chicken turns out so flavorful. Be sure to use the extra marinade to pour over the noodles. This is a great weeknight recipe idea that even younger kids will love.

Easy Appetizer or Main Dish: Cajun Shrimp Skewers

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My kids love shrimp, especially my oldest son, Alec. I can’t go wrong making shrimp at my house, and when it’s on a skewer, it’s even that much better. This recipe is so easy with the combination of lemon juice, Cajun seasoning, garlic and fresh parsley. It’s so flavorful perfect for football parties, Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizers or any weeknight main dish.

As Low-Fat as Possible: Chicken Enchildadas

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Recently, one of my subscribers, Beth, asked me for a weeknight Chicken Enchilada recipe that is not too fattening. I actually took one of her favorite recipes and lightened it for her. It’s really easy to prepare and is very filling. I used a rotisserie chicken to simplify things. Serve with a side salad or guacamole, and that’s all you will need.